Pyrenees Mountains Journals

Trekking the Chariots of Fire: Catalan Pyrenees

A September 2006 trip to Pyrenees Mountains by ext212

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Quote: Seven days to complete the trek. Over 35 miles. Up to 8,000 feet. Got lost twice. Sun, hail, wind, rain, and snow. Goal accomplished.

Trekking the Chariots of Fire: Catalan Pyrenees

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Overview

Clear lake Photo,
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Trekking Carros de Foc was the most difficult goal I've ever accomplished. Finishing the trek gets you a T-shirt exclusively given to only those who complete the loop. But after getting lost and finding our way twice, we just wanted to get out of there alive and be able to live with ourselves afterward.Quick Tips: 1. Pack lightly. A good pair of hiking boots and wool socks that absorb moisture are absolutely necessary. Things I was glad I packed: water purification drops, a Camelback, Gatorade powder, Swiss army knife, Advil, and toddler wipes. Booking through Carros de Foc includes a bunk bed, dinner, breakfast, and a packed lunch from the refuges.2. Only a few of the refuge staff ...Read More

Carros de Foc

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Attraction

Welcome to the Catalan Pyrenees Photo,
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Catalan for 'chariots of fire', Carros de Foc was created by nature enthusiasts to connect the nine refuges inside and around the Aiguestortes National Park and Lake Sant Maurici on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees.The ‘open’ category is for anyone who is adventurous enough to hike the terrain and follow their itinerary in however many days one wishes—in our case, 7 days. (The ‘skyrunner’ is the competitive race and the record is currently at 11 hours!) Each stop at a refuge earns you a stamp on your ‘forfait,’ or your hiking passport. Ten stamps—the last stamp is the same as the first which signifies that you’ve completed the loop—earns you a Carros de Foc T-shirt, exclusively given to only...Read More

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Colomina Photo,
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The Carros de Foc trail connects nine refuges in and around the Aiguestortes National Park and Lake Sant Maurici on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees for all hiking enthusiasts to enjoy. The refuges are all very basic because most of them do not have road access to and from the nearest town. All of them have bunk beds outfitted with mattresses—sometimes 10 in one row—meatless pillows and thick wool blankets. During the high season, there are more than 40 people sleeping in small rooms, something to consider if you are used to sleeping in nice hotels. With the exception of Colomers, which only had a hole outside tunneling down to the lake, all the refuges have at least one toilet stall and a sho...Read More